Applications for the Australian Government’s 2015 Volunteer Grants are now open

Community organisations across Australia are now able to apply for a share of $20 million in grants to support and encourage the work of their volunteers.

Grants from $1,000 to $5,000 are available to help community organisations with the costs of volunteering. Community organisation can:

  • purchase small equipment items to assist their volunteers
  • reimburse fuel costs incurred by volunteers (and transport costs for volunteers with disability who are unable to drive) and
  • contribute towards the cost of training courses and background screening checks for volunteers.

The Volunteer Grants 2015 Application Pack is available from the Department of Social Services’ website at, or by emailing

Alternatively, Application Packs may be requested through the Volunteer Grants 2015 Hotline on 1800 183 374.

Applications close at 2:00pm AEDT on 9 December 2015.